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AUSTRALIA: Halliburton Expands Military Presence Downunder
The Sydney Morning Herald
March 1st, 2005
Halliburton has quietly put down deep roots in Australia. Its operations include hundreds of secret Defence projects, the Adelaide-to-Darwin railway and managing the Australian Grand Prix.

IRAQ: U.S. Digs in for the Long Haul with Base Building
by Joshua HammerMother Jones
February 28th, 2005
The omnipresence of the giant defense contractor Kellogg, Brown & Root, the shipments of concrete, the transformation of decrepit Iraqi military bases into fortified American enclaves­complete with Pizza Huts and DVD stores­ are just the most obvious signs that the United States has been digging in for the long haul.

IRAQ: Halliburton U.S. Army Contract Could Be Worth $6 Billion Extra
by Tony CapaccioBloomberg
February 25th, 2005
Congress in July approved a Bush administration request for $25 billion extra in fiscal 2005 and is now weighing a request for $75 billion more. Of that $100 billion, $6 billion could go to Halliburton, the world's second-biggest oilfield services company, according to the Army charts.

U.S.A.: Privacy Advocates Say Too Many Corporations Appointed to Panel
Associated Press
February 25th, 2005
Privacy advocates say a committee set up recently to advise the Homeland Security Department on privacy issues amounts to little more than a fox guarding a chicken coop.

U.S.A.: Halliburton Could Get $1.5 Billion in Added Iraq
February 25th, 2005
Halliburton Co., under scrutiny for its contracts in Iraq, would receive an extra $1.5 billion as part of the Bush administration's additional war spending proposal for fiscal 2005, a senior U.S. Army budget official said.

IRAQ: Contractor Death Total Unclear
by Kirsten Scharnberg The Chicago Tribune
February 24th, 2005
At least 232 civilians working on U.S. military and reconstruction contracts have been killed there, many in violent but largely overlooked slayings, according to a report issued to Congress several weeks ago, but the death toll actually could be far higher.

U.S.A.: Pentagon Investigating Former Officials Now Working for Contractors
by George
February 24th, 2005
The Defense Department is investigating a pool of former senior military and civilian Defense managers now working for government contractors for possible criminal violations of federal conflict-of-interest rules, according to law enforcement officials.

U.S.A.: Army Awards Halliburton Bonuses for Some Iraq Work
by Sue Pleming Reuters
February 24th, 2005
Although under scrutiny for its contracts in Iraq, Halliburton has been given bonuses for some of its work supporting the U.S. military in Kuwait and Afghanistan. The Army said KBR's performance has been rated as "excellent" to "very good" for more than a dozen "task orders" in Kuwait and Afghanistan supporting troops.

U.S.A.: Bush family Profited from Iraq War, Ralph Nader Claims
February 24th, 2005
Several of President Bush's family members and their political allies profited from insider deals regarding the war in Iraq, claims consumer lawyer and former presidential candidate, Ralph Nader.

BRAZIL: Hiring of Locals as Mercenaries in Iraq Banned
Prensa Latina
February 24th, 2005
The Sao Paulo Attorney General´s Office established as illegal the behavior of German subject Frank Guenter Salewski and the Body Guard Company, which were hiring army and reserve forces to work in Iraq, according to reports made public.

MEXICO: Former Memebers of An Elite Force of Anti-Drug Commandos Aiding Drug Traffickers
by Jerry SeperThe Washington Times
February 24th, 2005
A report by a U.S. security consulting, Strategic Forecasting Inc., hired by the State and Defense departments to study the presence of weapons in Latin America called the mercenary force an expanding gang with intimate knowledge of Mexican drug-trafficking methods and routes.

WORLD: Private Military Companies Operate in 100 Nations
Pakistan Times
February 24th, 2005
At least 90 Private Military Companies are involved in the business of war and killing innocent people by operating in 110 countries worldwide, says a report by journalist Nasir Mahmood.

IRAQ: Soaring Security Costs Consume $1 Billion Earmarked for Badly Needed Reconstruction
by T. Christian MillerThe Los Angelese Times
February 21st, 2005
William Taylor, a U.S. diplomat who oversees Iraqi reconstruction efforts, said the Iraq's violent insurgency creates a "security premium," gobbling up money that otherwise would have been spent to provide clean water, electricity and sanitation for Iraqis.

IRAQ: Contractors and U.S. forces Align to Share Intelligence and Workload in 'Combat Reconstruction'
by T. Christian MillerThe Los Angeles Times
February 21st, 2005
The Rock is just one part of the complicated balancing of government, military and private interests all across Iraq every day. On one side are U.S. intelligence officers warily declassifying information. On the other are contractors seeking access to sensitive data to do jobs once done by soldiers: protecting VIPs, transporting goods and guarding vulnerable targets.

IRAQ: The Army Got the Bad Guys off Baghdad's Airport Route and Now Worry about the Good Guys...
by Julian E. Barnes US News & World Report
February 21st, 2005
Today, though, the major threat on Baghdad's notorious airport road may no longer be snipers, insurgents or suicide bombers. What drivers most need to fear: trigger-happy security contractors. "Civilian contractors fire indiscriminately."

US: Ex-Boeing Finance Chief Gets Four Months in Prison
by Tony Capaccio Bloomberg
February 18th, 2005
Former Boeing official, Michael Sears, was sentenced to four months in prison for deceiving the government by offering a job to a Pentagon official while negotiating a $23 billion defense contract. Sears, 57, also was ordered to pay a $250,000 fine and perform 200 hours of community service.

Iraq: Windrush Communications Delivers Iraq to the Corporations
Corporate Watch
February 18th, 2005
Windrush Communications is the British company which organises the Iraq Procurement Conferences, where corporations discuss the privatisation of Iraq's assets (see Corporate Watch Newsletter December 2004). Ewa Jasiewicz takes a closer look.

US: Pentagon to Privatize Security for Military Bases in Europe
by Pamela HessUnited Press International
February 18th, 2005
With the U.S. Army stretched by the continuing wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Pentagon plans to spend $100 million to hire private security guards to protect its bases in Germany.

US: Bush Administration Weighs Jurisdiction over Spending of Iraqi Assets by the Coalition Provisional Authority
by Griff WitteThe Washington Post
February 18th, 2005
The Justice Department is in a difficult position because identifying the Coalition Provisional Authority as a U.S. entity could make the government legally responsible for the CPA's actions. On the other hand, "it's not a very attractive position to say, 'If you stole U.S. money, you're liable. But if you stole Iraqi money, the U.S. government just doesn't care.' "

U.S.A.: Influential Republican Senator Presses Bush Administration on Status of Spending by Coalition Provisional Authority
by Sen. Charles Grassley, R-IowaU.S. Senate
February 17th, 2005
Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, and chairman of Senate Finance Committeem, sends Feb. 17 letter to U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales requesting update on Bush administration's position regarding legal status of the Coalition Provisional Authority and questions of contract fraud in Iraq.

SOUTH AFRICA: 'It's Not Our War'
by Graeme HoskenThe Daily News & Independent Online
February 17th, 2005
National police confirmed that several South African companies and businessmen were being investigated by SAPS Crimes Against the State Unit (CASU) detectives for recruiting former specialised policemen and soldiers to work in Iraq.

SOUTH AFRICA: Police Investigate Companies for Illegally Hiring Contractors for Iraq
by Graeme Hosken IOL
February 17th, 2005
At least 10 South African companies and businessmen are being investigated on suspicion of recruiting former specialised police officers and soldiers to work in Iraq.

IRAQ: Congress Missing in Action as Questions Grow Over Handling of Seized Iraqi Assets
February 17th, 2005
Six congressional committees are investigating the United Nations Oil-for-Food (UN) scandal, yet not a single Republican committee chairman will call a hearing to investigate the mishandling of $9 billion dollars by the Coalition Provisional Authority.

IRAQ: Waste, Fraud and War
by Jim HoaglandThe Washington Post
February 17th, 2005
The picture that emerges from multiple, overlapping inquiries into the world's management of Iraq's people and oil wealth since 1991 is appalling. It is a portrait inhabited by crooks, inept managers and ostensibly well-meaning diplomats and security experts with hidden agendas.

US: Questions Asked About State Department Iraq Pick
by Rep. Henry Wasman, D-Calif.U.S. House of Representatives
February 17th, 2005
Rep. Waxman, D-Calif., Asks Questions about Role of Ambassador Richard Jones in Controversial Halliburton Contract

US: State Department Appointment on Iraq Has Ties to Halliburton Contract Probe
by Farah StockmanThe Boston Globe
February 17th, 2005
Richard Jones, a former ambassador to Kuwait and deputy of the Coalition Provisional Authority who has been linked to the Halliburton Iraq contract inquiries, has been selected by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice as her new coordinator for Iraq.

IRAQ: Private Security contractors Largely Unregulated
by By Lisa Myers & the NBC investigative unitNBC News
February 16th, 2005
Though contractors can use lethal force, the U.S. government does not vet who is hired. The Pentagon says it does watch how companies perform and investigates any alleged misconduct.

LIBERIA: U.S. Hires Private Company to Train 4,000-Man Army
February 15th, 2005
A U.S. State Department official said that Washington had earmarked $35 million to recruit and train a new army in Liberia and Dyncorp was ready to start the project within the next few weeks.

IRAQ: Millions of Dollars Paid in Cold, Hard Cash to Some Defense Contractors
by John E. MulliganThe Providence Journal
February 15th, 2005
Franklin Willis, a former official with the Coalition Provision Authority, told the Senate Democratic Policy Commmittee that after the fall of Saddam Hussein, Iraq was "like the Wild West -- awash in $100 bills." One contractor, Custer Battles, was paid with $2 million in fresh U.S. bills, stuffed into a gunnysack, he said.

CHINA: An Arms Cornucopia? Europe Will Probably Lift its Embargo
by John Rossant with Dexter RobertsBusinessWeek
February 15th, 2005
The prospect of supplying the nation with the world's fifth-largest military budget is enough to make any European defense contractor take notice. Beijing's defense outlay has been growing by 10% to 12% a year for the past decade, to an estimated $151 billion.

IRAQ: U.S. Hired South African Mercenaries as Bodyguards in Iraq
by Tom GjeltenNational Public Radio
February 15th, 2005
The U.S. government hired South-African mercenaries as bodyguards and police trainers. The contract later proved embarrassing when two of the former bodyguards were arrested in Zimbabwe on charges of plotting a coup in Equatorial Guinea.

IRAQ: Contractor Employees Say Brutality Against Iraqis Led Them to Quit
by Lisa Myers & the NBC Investigative UnitNBC News
February 15th, 2005
There are new allegations that heavily armed private security contractors in Iraq are brutalizing Iraqi civilians. In an exclusive interview, four former security contractors told NBC News that they watched as innocent Iraqi civilians were fired upon, and one crushed by a truck. The contractors worked for an American company paid by U.S. taxpayers. The Army is looking into the allegations.

IRAQ: Poor Oversight of Seized Iraqi Funds Blamed on Coalition Policy
by Elise CastelliThe Los Angeles Times
February 15th, 2005
just two weeks after an audit by the special inspector general for Iraqi reconstruction found inadequate oversight of unauthorized contracts and a loss of $9 billion in Iraqi funds, a witness told Democrats on Capitol Hill said key decisions by the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq enabled contractors to bilk billions in reconstruction funds.

U.S.: State Department List of Security Companies Doing Business in Iraq
by Consular Information Sheets (as of date posted by Corpwatch)U.S. Department of State
February 15th, 2005
The U.S. government assumes no responsibility for the professional ability or integrity of the persons or firms whose names appear on the list.

IRAQ: No Shortage of Applicants Wanting to Work as War Zone Contractors
by Particia Kitchen Newsday
February 13th, 2005
Despite extensive media coverage of the kidnappings, beheadings and suicide attacks on civilian workers, one in ten applicants for jobs with the Halliburton subsidiary Kellogg Brown & Root, remain willing to take those well-paying truck driver, food service, laundry and maintenance positions in Iraq.

IRAQ: Civilian Contractors Working for U.S. Make a Bundle to Destroy Munitions
by Kevin Begos and Phoebe ZerwickWinston-Salem Journal
February 13th, 2005
The Army Corps has set aside as much as $1.47 billion for explosives-demolition contracts with 10 private companies. Neither Zapata Engineering nor the Army Corps of Engineers would reveal exact salaries, but the first one-year contract the company received in September 2003 totaled $3.8 million for five management positions in Iraq.

IRAQ: Suspicion Surrounds Dead Associate of Missing Contractor who Complained of Kickback Schemes
by Colin FreemanThe San Francisco Chronicle
February 13th, 2005
Former associates say Ryan Manelick had told Army investigators looking into a fellow contractor's disappearance that large sums of money were being paid in kickbacks to a U.S. Army officer in Iraq in return for doling out lucrative contracts. Two months later Ryan Manelick was shot dead.

IRAQ: Contractors Received Millions of Dollars in 'Wild West" Cash Payments
by Larry MargasakAssociated Press
February 13th, 2005
U.S. officials in postwar Iraq paid a contractor by stuffing $2 million worth of crisp bills into his gunnysack and routinely made cash payments around Baghdad from a pickup truck, a former official with the U.S. occupation government says.

SOUTH AFRICA: Eyeing Tough New Mercenary Laws
by Gordon BellReuters
February 12th, 2005
With South African mercenaries having shown up in civil wars in Sierra Leone, Angola, Ivory Coast, Papua New Guinea, and, now being active in Iraq, South Africa will review tough new laws to try to dissuade citizens from becoming embroiled in war zones.

IRAQ: U.N. Oil-for-Food Head Blocked Audit
by Desmond ButlerAsscociated Press
February 12th, 2005
The U.N. oil-for-food program chief under scrutiny for alleged corruption and mismanagement blocked a proposed audit of his office around the same time he's accused of soliciting lucrative oil deals from Iraq, according to investigators.

IRAQ: Private Contractors Train Much of the Fledging Police Force
by Spencer E. Ante BusinesWeek Online
February 10th, 2005
In a little-noticed shift, for-profit outfits have replaced the Pentagon as the chief trainers of the country's fledging police force. Just over 700 contractors -- more than previously disclosed -- are now training more than half the Iraqi Police Service.

U.S.: Private Armies March into Legal Vacuum
by Thomas Catan Financial Times
February 10th, 2005
"Private soldiers" have been operating in a legal limbo, with precious few rules governing their activities. However, a handful of legal cases in the U.S. are beginning to define the legal boundaries under which these companies can operate.

IRAQ: Forget the UN, the US Occupation Regime Helped Itself to $8.8 Billion
by George MonbiotGuardian Unlimited
February 8th, 2005
Republican senators who have mauled the United Nations in its handling Iraqi oil revenues went strangely quiet over the news that the Coalition Provisional Authority saw $8.8 billion go absent without leave in just 14 months. It is 55,000 times as much as Mr Sevan is alleged to have been paid.

BRAZIL: Investigation into Hiring of Mercenaries to Work in Iraq
February 8th, 2005
O Globo newspaper says that more than 500 Brazilians have been hired as mercenaries to watch US military facilities in Iraq and the Brazilian Labor Ministry will investigate whether there were irregularities or not in the employment of Brazilians.

U.S.A.: Pentagon Inspector General to Probe Web Site Payments
by Robert BurnsAssociated Press
February 5th, 2005
The Balkans Web site has articles and commentary by about 50 journalists who are said to have be paid by European Command through a private contractor, Anteon Corp., an information technology company based in Fairfax.

IRAQ: U.S. Army Won't Withhold Payment to Halliburton
by Sue PlemingReuters
February 3rd, 2005
The U.S. Army has decided not to withold payment on disputed bills involving billions of dollars for Iraq contract work after Halliburton threatened that delays in payment could lead to an interruption of crucial support services to the U.S. military.

IRAQ: Military Faces $4 Billion Budget Gap With Halliburton
by Neil King Jr. and Greg JaffeThe Wall Street Journal
February 1st, 2005
The $4 Billion difference in what Halliburton says it will cost to provide food, housing and other services for U.S. troops this year dramatizes the cost crunch that is well beyond initial White House estimates.

IRAQ: Audit Slams U.S. Handling of Iraqi Funds
by T. Christian MillerThe Los Angeles Times
January 31st, 2005
The Coalition Provisional Authority may have paid salaries for thousands of nonexistent employees in Iraqi ministries, issued unauthorized multimillion-dollar contracts and provided little oversight of spending in possibly corrupt ministries, according to the report by Stuart W. Bowen Jr., the special inspector general for Iraq reconstruction.

IRAQ: Audit Claims U.S Failed to Safeguard $8.8 Billion of Iraq Money
by Sue PlemingReuters
January 30th, 2005
The U.S.-led authority that governed Iraq after the 2003 invasion did not properly safeguard $8.8 billion of Iraq's own money and this lack of oversight opened up these funds to corruption, said a U.S. audit.

IRAQ: At least 232 Civilians Dead While Doing U.S. Contract Work
by Sue PlemingReuters
January 30th, 2005
At least 232 civilians have been killed while working on U.S.-funded contracts in Iraq and the death toll is rising rapidly, according to a U.S. government audit sent to Congress. n addition, 728 claims were filed for employees who missed more than four days of work. Several hundred more were reported from neighboring Kuwait where companies working in Iraq have logistics and support operations.

IRAQ: Contractors Hunker Down and Await Outcome of Elections
by David R. BakerThe San Francisco Chronicle
January 28th, 2005
If Sunday's election triggers a civil war between Sunni and Shiite Iraqis, reconstruction may grind to a halt. If, however, the election gives the country's government greater legitimacy among ever-skeptical Iraqis, it could make the work of companies far easier.

US: Halliburton Moves Up Among Top Grossing U.S. Defense Contractors
by Tony CapaccioBloomberg
January 27th, 2005
Halliburton Co., the world's second- biggest oilfield services company, became the sixth-largest U.S. military contractor last year on the strength of its work to help rebuild Iraq and care for U.S. troops, the Pentagon said.

US: Riggs Bank Fined for Not Reporting Suspect Accounts
by Laurence ArnoldBloomberg
January 27th, 2005
Riggs Bank pleaded guilty to helping former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet and the leaders of oil- rich Equatorial Guinea hide hundreds of millions of dollars. The federal judge questioned whether a $16 million fine agreed to by prosecutors was enough.

IRAQ: Reconstruction Efforts 'Rife with Corruption and Waste'
by Thomas Catan and Jimmy BurnsThe Financial Times
January 24th, 2005
A new study is particularly critical of donors' tendency to use large western contractors to repair infrastructure damaged in the war, importing foreign personnel and equipment at a huge cost. In Iraq, that policy has proved disastrous, one of the authors said.

US: Pentagon Struggles to Maintain Elite Soldiers in Military Service
by Tom BowmanThe Baltimore Sun
January 23rd, 2005
Pentagon competing with security companies for skilled commandos; Extra pay of up to $150,000.

U.S.: Pentagon Struggles to Retain Elite Soldiers in Public Service
by Tom BowmanBaltimore Sun
January 23rd, 2005
The Pentagon is offering bonuses of up to $150,000 to keep elite commandos, such as Army Green Berets and Navy SEALs, in the military and prevent them from being lured away to higher-paying jobs by private security contractors in places such as Iraq and Afghanistan, defense officials said.

U.K.: Halliburton Expected to Win Mulitbillion-Dollar Project for Britain’s Biggest Warships
by Brian BradyThe Scotsman
January 23rd, 2005
Acceptance of KBR into the project will provoke political controversy. Halliburton, previously led by the U.S. vice-president Dick Cheney, attracted criticism when it won a series of contracts to support U.S. military operations in Iraq, and took a central role in the reconstruction effort after the fall of Saddam Hussein.

IRAQ: U.S. Contractor Slain Had Alleged Graft
by Ken Silverstein, T. Christian Miller and Patrick J. McDonnellThe Los Angeles Times
January 20th, 2005
An American contractor gunned down last month in Iraq had accused Iraqi Defense Ministry officials of corruption days before his death, according to documents and U.S. officials.

US: Little Big Companies
by Michael SchererMother Jones Magazine
How did corporations like Halliburton get millions in government contracts designated for small minority businesses?

IRAQ: Contractor Suit Opens Doors
by Shaun WatermanUPI
January 10th, 2005
The lawsuit seeks unspecified damages for the wrongful death of security contractors. Experts warn it could set off a flood of litigation other private companies, whose unprecedented role in the Iraq conflict is opening unexplored legal territory.

IRAQ: Courts to Resolve Contractors' Deaths
by Joseph Neff and Jay PriceThe News & Observer
January 9th, 2005
Just as the courts are thrashing out the legal status and rights of prisoners held at Guantanamo Bay, the courts will wrestle with the responsibility and liability of private companies on the battlefield. "We do reform through litigation, not legislation."

IRAQ: Only Small Part of Iraq Rebuilding Funds Spent
by Anna Willard and Sue PlemingReuters
January 6th, 2005
Only a small portion of the $18.4 billionset aside for rebuilding Iraq has been spent as costs for private security soar and adding to overall rebuilding costs.

IRAQ: Families Sue Blackwater Over Deaths in Fallujah
by Louis Hansen compiled using reports by the Associated PressThe Virginian-Pilot
January 6th, 2005
Survivors of four Blackwater Security Consulting contractors who were killed and mutilated last year in Iraq sued the Moyock-based company Wednesday, saying it cut corners that led to the men's deaths.

COLOMBIA: Contractors Recruiting Iraq Workers in Latin American
by Steve DudleyKnight Ridder/Kansas City Star
January 5th, 2005
Colombia is but one stop in Latin America for contractors. Dozens of Salvadorans have also been recruited for security work in Iraq, and private security firms there say that they intend to comb the region for fresh recruits.

IRAQ: Tim Spicer's World
by Andrew AckermanThe Nation
December 29th, 2004
Not only did the Pentagon have no idea who Tim Spicer was when they gave his company a huge contract, they didn't seem to care when challenged about it. Spicer, a former British soldier has had past business ventures that include violating a UN arms embargo in Sierra Leone and unwittingly triggering a coup in Papua New Guinea. His London-based company, Aegis Defense Services, bagged a $293 million contract to protect US diplomats in Iraq.

IRAQ: Three Companies Hit Hardest by Deaths of Contractors
December 24th, 2004
At least 181 U.S. contractors have died this year in Iraq, and more than half worked for Titan Corp., Halliburton Co. or Computer Science Corp.'s DynCorp Technical Services unit, according to U.S. Labor Department data. The number of contractor personnel deaths contrasts with 23 deaths in 2003.

IRAQ: US Contractor Quits as Violence Threatens Elections
by Rupert CornwellThe Independent Online
December 23rd, 2004
US contractor Contrack International, which heads a partnership that won a $325m contract, one of 12 major reconstruction contracts awarded this year, has stopped work on the project because of "prohibitive" security costs.

IRAQ: Vulnerability of Mess Tent Was Widely Feared
by Bill Nichols and Del Jones (Gannett News Service)The Olympian
December 22nd, 2004
The new dining hall being build by Halliburton was supposed to be ready by Christmas but is running behind schedule. It is believed the new reinforced mess building would have made a significant difference if it had been ready before Tuesday's attack.

IRAQ: Four Halliburton Workers from U.S. Killed
Associated Press
December 22nd, 2004
Two Texas men and two others from Oregon and Alabama were identified Wednesday as the four Halliburton Co. employees killed in the attack at a military base in Iraq, a strike that is among the deadliest for the Houston-based contractor since its involvement there.

US: The Spy Who Billed Me
by Tim Shorrock Mother Jones
December 22nd, 2004
The lines separating contractors from intelligence agencies are so blurred that at the leading trade association -- the Security Affairs Support Association (SASA) -- 8 of 20 board members are current government officials. The association represents about 125 intelligence contractors, including Boeing, CACI, General Dynamics, and Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC).

UN: Experts Mull Over Code of Conduct for Security Firms on Front Lines
by Deborah Haynes AFP
December 22nd, 2004
A team of experts under the aegis of the United Nations is exploring proposals on possible codes of conduct for the security industry, while also discussing a new legal definition of the term "mercenary", taking into account the activities of certain private military operators.

IRAQ: Security Contractor's Pursuit of Colombian Mercenaries Causes Concern
Associated Press
December 19th, 2004
For some analysts, an ad in El Tiempo seeking contractors to work in Iraq is particularly troubling in Colombia, where it may be construed as the ideal call-to-arms for the thousands of battle-hardened paramilitary fighters searching for jobs now that their factions are being disbanded.

IRAQ: RTI's Huge Project to Help Rebuild Iraq is Met by Violence and Red Tape
by Kevin BegosWinston-Salem Journal
December 19th, 2004
A huge chunk of money was set aside for democracy building in Iraq. Funding was then cut in half to $236 million with RTI's core directive to establish local-government councils and help "identify the most appropriate 'legitimate' and functional leaders" for coalition forces to work with. After 18 months some wonder about that mission, which would soon take on deadly significance.

UN: Board Cites U.S. Contractor in Iraq
by Colum LynchWashington Post
December 15th, 2004

COLOMBIA: Protecting people or profit?
by Max Jourdan BBC
December 14th, 2004
America's privatised military machine is at the heart of the war on drugs in Colombia. Defence corporations hired by the US government enjoy extremely lucrative contracts, but who is responsible when something goes wrong?

IRAQ: Blacklisted Russian Tied to Multimillion Dollar Deals with U.S. Contractors
by Stephen Braun, Judy Pasternak and T. Christian MillerThe Los Angeles Times
December 14th, 2004
Russian arms trafficker Victor Bout, an alleged arms broker, is behind four air cargo firms used by U.S. contractors, officials say.

IRAQ: Reconstruction Deal With a 'Merchant of Death'?
by Michael IsikoffNewsweek/MSNBC
December 13th, 2004
Texas air charter firm allegedly controlled Russian arms trafficker Victor Bout was making repeated flights to Iraq—courtesy of a Pentagon contract allowing it to refuel at U.S. military bases. One reason for the flights, sources say, was that the firm was flying on behalf of Kellogg Brown & Root, the division of Halliburton hired to rebuild Iraq's oilfields.

IRAQ: How Harris Became a Major Media Player
by Noelle C. Haner Orlando Business Journal
December 12th, 2004
Nearly a year and a great deal of controversy later, many media observers are wondering why the federal government awarded a $96 million contract to a company with little journalism background to run the Iraqi Media Network. Some suggest simple politics may be the reason.

IRAQ: Private Security Costs Deter Some Contractors
by William Fisher Inter Press Service News Agency
December 6th, 2004
The cost of securing the safety of reconstruction contractors is frustrating many. Some firms report spending 25-30 percent of their contract revenues on armoured cars and small private armies.

IRAQ: Dirty Warriors for Hire
by Julian Brookes Mother Jones
December 6th, 2004
With pressure to quickly fill thousands of jobs, many companies have recruited former police officers and soldiers who engaged in human rights violations -- including torture and illicit killings -- for regimes such as apartheid South Africa, Augusto Pinochet’s Chile, and Slobodan Milosevic’s Yugoslavia.

NEW ZEALAND: Huge Pay Drawing Soldiers to Iraq
Agence France Presse
December 2nd, 2004
Defense chief Air Marshal Bruce Ferguson said on Thursday that almost a quarter of army staff with less than six years experience had left to become contractors in the Middle East.

AFRICA: Human Rights Group Calls Mercenary Trial Flawed
by David Pallister The Guardian
December 2nd, 2004
The trial of mercenaries in the Equatorial Guinea coup plot - allegedly involving Sir Mark Thatcher - was "grossly unfair" with "serious procedural flaws," according to Amnesty International.

WORLD: Private Military Companies Seek a Image Change
by Thomas CatanFinancial Times
December 1st, 2004
The business of war is being progressively privatised around the world and Iraq has helped lift the veil of mystery that surrounds the private military industry. By one estimate the industry is now worth up to $100 billion a year.

AFGHANISTAN: Warning Says Militant Workers May Infiltrate Contractor Operations
Associated Press
December 1st, 2004
Militants based in Pakistan are planning to infiltrate relief organizations and companies in Afghanistan as part of a plot to abduct U.S. citizens, the American Embassy warned.

EQUATORIAL GUINEA: Legal Observers Say Mercenary Trial Unfair
December 1st, 2004
Specialists in international law and human rights who observed the recent trial of alleged coup plotters and mercenaries in Equatorial Guinea said it had been conducted unfairly and in breach of international conventions.

U.N.: Another Iraq Oil-For-Food Scandal Emerges
by Betsy PisikThe Washington Times
November 30th, 2004
U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan expressed disappointment in his son for accepting payments from a key oil-for-food contractor for more than four years longer than had been previously acknowledged.

IRAQ: What Happened to Billions of Dollars in Oil Money?
by By Lisa Myers & the NBC investigative unitNBC News
November 30th, 2004
President Bush vowed to spend Iraq’s money wisely, but now critics are raising serious questions about how well the United States handled billions of dollars in Iraqi oil funds.

AFRICA: Spain 'Backed Equatorial Guinea Coup Plot'
BBC News World Edition
November 29th, 2004
A senior Equatorial Guinea official claims that mercenaries involved in coup plot said they had been backed by Spain's security services.

USA: Lockheed and the Future of Warfare
by Tim WeinerThe New York Times
November 28th, 2004
'It's a warfare company. It's an integrated solution provider. It's a one-stop shop. Anything you need to kill the enemy, they will sell you.'

UK: Weary of the Trigger-Happy Image, Private Military Companies Want Tighter Laws
by Clayton Hirst The Independent
November 28th, 2004
Leading figures in the private military industry will gather to discuss ways of weeding out the rogue firms in an attempt to create a distinction between the legitimate security companies and the mercenaries.

US: Indian Tribes Outsource Defense Contracts after Winning Them with Preferential Rules
by Jay Price and Joseph Neff The News & Observer
November 28th, 2004
Procurement rules allow native American-owned company, Alutiiq, to provide favored entree to government contracts and then outsource to British-owned multinational, Wackenhut. Other Alaska native companies' partner in these deals with defense giants Halliburton, Lockheed Martin and Fluor.

AFRICA: Britian and US Claimed to Know about Attempted Mercenary Coup in Advance
by Raymond Whitaker The Independent
November 28th, 2004
"The revelations of Britain and America's prior knowledge ... raise questions about whether they ignored UN conventions designed to protect heads of state against violent overthrow."

USA: Boeing Tanker Deal Rigged from the Beginning
by EditorialThe Washington Post
November 28th, 2004
The pile of internal e-mails show an Air Force leadership more bent on stifling dissenting views from within than on determining the best deal for taxpayers and inappropriately cozy with some contractors and personally biased against others.

U.N.: Annan's Son Took Payments Through 2004
by Claudia RosettNew York Sun
November 26th, 2004
For more than eight years, from 1995-2004, the secretary-general's son was in one way or another on the payroll of Cotecna, which for almost five of those years held a key oil-for-food inspection contract with the U.N. Secretariat.

AFGHANISTAN: Former Police Chief Joins Dyncorp to Help Build Afghan Police Force
by Mark KimbleTucson Citizen
November 25th, 2004
Dyncorp is offering U.S. police officers a starting salary of $100,324 for a year plus free room, board and medical insurance. The company says it is "seeking police officers of any rank who are eager to accept a challenging and rigorous assignment."

USA: Gamers Get a Taste of Playing Mercenary
IGN Insider
November 25th, 2004
LucasArts and Pandemic Studios are endeavoring to lure gamers into something a little different, you take on the role of a private military man who engages in a search for the "Deck of 52," the sum of dangerous and/or politically influential members of the government.

AFGHANISTAN: Private Prison Operators Appeal in Court
Daily Times/Pakistan/AFP
November 25th, 2004
The group’s ringleader leader, Jonathan “Jack” Idema, cursed reporters as he arrived at a court in the Afghan capital, dressed in military-style khaki trousers and shirt and dark sunglasses. “The press lies. None of you tell the truth,” Idema, 48, said as he entered the closed-door hearing.

AFRICA: Thatcher Feels Like a 'Corpse in a River'
by Lech Mintowt-czyz And Luke LeitchEvening Standard
November 24th, 2004
Sir Mark Thatcher said his life had been "destroyed" by charges that he helped finance a failed African coup. The son of former prime minister Margaret Thatcher said he felt like a "corpse floating in the river" in the face of the case against him.

IRAQ: Friendly Fire Mistakenly Targets Private Security Vehicles
by Tim Johnson and Yasser SaliheeThe Miami Herald
November 24th, 2004
U.S. troops and Iraqi police sometimes mistakenly fire at cars carrying friendly foreign-security contractors, even setting off helter-skelter gunfights.

USA: Auditors Support 15 Percent Witholding on Halliburton's Iraq Work
by Sue PlemingReuters
November 24th, 2004
Government auditors conclude that payments be withheld from Halliburton for Iraq work and a top contract official talks with FBI over claims of favoritism to the company.

USA: Defense Department to Treat Contractors Same as Military Personnel
November 23rd, 2004
"Training is going to be expanded beyond the military to DoD contractors and civilian personnel," said Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense Jerry Jennings. "So we have a broader mandate than we've ever had historically."

AFRICA: Alleged Mercenaries in Equatorial Guinea Coup Attempt Expected to be Found Guilty
by  Beauregard TrompThe Mercury
November 23rd, 2004
The conclusion of the trial of the alleged mercenaries here on Friday is expected to allow the government of Equatorial Guinea to focus on obtaining the extradition of alleged coup financiers.

IRAQ: A Primer on the Oil-for-Food Accusations and the Deepening UN Scandal
by Perry Bacon Jr.TIME
November 22nd, 2004
A congressional committee estimated last week that Saddam Hussein collected more than $20 billion, almost double the previous estimate, by cheating United Nations sanctions.

IRAQ: Briton Though to be Private Security Guard Arrested and Released Over Iraq Killing
BBC Online
November 22nd, 2004
Private security firms are thought to be Britain's biggest business in the Iraq. 'Although their status is a legal grey area, they are not for the most part subject to Iraqi law - a controversial point to most Iraqis,' says BBC correspondent Caroline Hawley.

IRAQ: Silence Surrounds Fates of Contractors
by David IvanovichHouston Chronicle
November 21st, 2004
Halliburton Co. truck drivers Tim Bell and Bill Bradley disappeared April 9 when their convoy was attacked west of Baghdad. The Army has conducted an investigation into the ambush, but the report is classified. Pentagon officials refused to discuss its contents, directing questions to Halliburton. The company referred questions back to the Pentagon.

AFRICA: Prospects Grim for Alleged Coup Plotters
by Beauregard Tromp The Sunday Independent
November 21st, 2004
The fate of the alleged mercenaries involved in the attempted coup against the Equatorial Guinea government appears to hinge on the detailed confession claimed to have been extracted by torture.

USA: Defense Audits Kept Behind Closed Doors
by Paul PringleThe Los Angeles Times
November 21st, 2004
Examinations of military purchases rarely face public scrutiny. Officials value confidentiality, but critics worry about waste and fraud.

IRAQ: Contractor Deaths Grow in Iraq
by Tony CapaccioBloomberg News
November 21st, 2004
Total death insurance claims by contractors in Iraq have risen more than sixfold from 2003, U.S. government figures show, as nearly as many civilians are working overseas as soldiers.

IRAQ: Silence Surrounds Fates of Contractors
by David IvanovichThe Houston Chronicle
November 21st, 2004
The fates of many contractors caught in the violence of Iraq are shrouded in mystery and the Pentagon and some companies won't say exactly how, or how many, workers have died.

EUROPE: Mercenary Money Made the World Go Around
by Anthony SampsonThe Guardian
November 20th, 2004
The 14th-century mercenaries that people Frances Stonor Saunders's Hawkwood remind Anthomy Sampson of our own troubled times

IRAQ: U.N. Prober Blocks Senate Request for Testimony on Oil-for-Food Program
by Colum Lynch and Justin BlumThe Washington Post
November 17th, 2004
Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein allegedly skimmed billions of dollars in illegal kickbacks and payoffs through the $64 billion program, triggering investigations by the United Nations, federal prosecutors and Congress.

AFRICA: Fury as British Foreign Secretary Admits Knowing of Coup Plot
November 17th, 2004
Straw has disclosed that his government knew about the alleged plot to overthrow Equatorial Guinea President Obiang Nguema at least five weeks before mercenaries were arrested in March for planning the coup.

AFRICA: Report Claims Israelis Aided Ivory Coast Military in Attacks
by Yossi MelmanHaaretz International
November 17th, 2004
"Israel mercenaries assisting the Ivory Coast army operated unmanned aircraft that aided aerial bombings of a French base in the country," claimed French television station TF1 on Wednesday morning.

SCOTLAND: Contract 1030484 Turned Oil into Gold
by Calum MacDonaldThe Herald
November 16th, 2004
The Weir Group admitted in July to £4.3m worth of irregular payments amounting to an 11.5% mark-up on contracts worth £36.5m. It is still unable to account for the money, which is suspected of having lined the pockets of go-betweens and may have ended up in the hands of Saddam Hussein.

USA: Senate Told of Oil-for-Food Bribes
by William TinningThe Herald
November 16th, 2004
The Senage Panel heard that more than 3,500 companies worldwide contracted with Iraq under the program, and that hundreds probably paid kickbacks to Saddam.

USA: A Watchdog Follows the Money in Iraq
by Erik EckholmThe New York Times
November 15th, 2004
As former officials describe it, some officers regarded Bunnatine H. Greenhouse as a stickler for cumbersome rules on things like sharing contracts with small businesses and ensuring open competition for bids.

IRAQ: Saddam Hussein's Regime Made Over $21.3 billion in Illegal Revenue on Oil-For-Food Program
by Pauline Jelinek
November 15th, 2004
Rather than giving allocations to traditional oil purchasers, Hussein gave oil allocations to foreign officials, journalists, and even terrorist entities, who then sold their allocations to the traditional oil companies in return for a sizable commission

USA: Private Jet Flies Men to 'Torture' Friendly Countries
The Sunday Times/The Australian
November 15th, 2004
An executive jet is being used by US intelligence agencies to fly terrorist suspects to countries that use torture in their prisons. The movements of the Gulfstream 5, leased by agents from the US Defence Department and the CIA, are detailed in confidential logs.

USA: Long Fall for Pentagon Procurement Star
by Renae MerleThe Washington Post
November 14th, 2004
When at the peak of her power as a top Air Force weapons buyer, Darleen Druyun helped direct the Air Force's $30 billion procurement budget. Last month she stunned military and industry leaders by admitting that she gave Boeing preferential treatment for years before taking a job with the company.

AUSTRALIA: Big Money in Iraq Lures Cops Away for Contract Work
by Peter HallThe Sunday Mail
November 14th, 2004
It is estimated up to 200 Australians, mostly with military or police backgrounds, work for security companies in Iraq. The rewards are enormous – more than $10,000 a week – but they risk their lives in one of the world's most hostile environments.

IRAQ: British Security Firm 'Abused Scared Iraqi Boy'
by Antony Barnett and Patrick SmithThe Guardian
November 14th, 2004
Pictures show two Erinys employees restraining the 16-year-old Iraqi with six car tyres around his body. The photographs, taken last May, show the boy frozen with fear in a room where the wall appeared to be marked by bullet holes.

AFGHANISTAN: 'Luxury' Cell in Jail for Convicted Bounty Hunter
by Colin FreemanThe Scotsman
November 14th, 2004
Convicted of illegal bounty-hunting in Afghanistan, ex-US soldier Jonathan ‘Jack’ Idema and his two American co-defendants live in relative luxury. Their apartment-style suite is complete with satellite TV, Persian carpets, private bathroom and kitchen and rumours are now circulating that they will be freed in a deal between Washington and the Afghan government.

USA: Seeking the Edge as Government Doles Out Contracts
by Elizabeth WilliamsonThe Washington Post
November 14th, 2004
Defense spending on outside contracts totaled more than $200 billion last year. It can take years for a firm to become eligible for government work and some say the best way to make government connections is to hire them. "You have to hire people from these organizations in the hope that their connections will bring you business," says one contractor.

AFRICA: Equatorial Guinea Seeking Answers from London Over Coup Plot
by Estelle ShirbonReuters
November 14th, 2004
The British government revealed it had known of an alleged plot to topple the oil-rich state's leader more than a month before scheme was foiled.

IRAQ: RTI International's Multi-Million Contract to Foster Local Government Remains on Track
by Jay PriceThe News-Observer
November 13th, 2004
Because of the dangers, RTI is now relying mainly on its "local staff" of about 1,400 Iraqis to do most of the work. The 75 or so workers from other countries live and work in secure areas.

IRAQ: Ten Contractors Injured in Attack at LSA Anaconda
Stars and Stripes
November 13th, 2004
Ten contractors were injured Thursday evening when ordnance fired from beyond the base perimeter slammed into an occupied building

IRAQ: Former Hostage Protects Captor who Helped Her to Freedom
CBC News/The Canadian Press
November 13th, 2004
"I promised him I would keep him safe," Fairuz Yamulky said. "He said 'If I let you go, they will kill me.' I said, 'OK, you come with me. I will take care of you.'"

USA: Army and Contractor Trade Group Eye Changes for Wartime Environments
by Shane
November 11th, 2004
Never have so many companies been hired for an effort like the one in Iraq, which encompasses military support, physical reconstruction and a variety of economic and social development programs.

USA: Officials Pressured Halliburton to Buy Kuwaiti Company's Oil, Documents Show
by T. Christian MillerThe Los Angeles Times
November 10th, 2004
The e-mails seemed to bolster Halliburton's repeated contention that it tried to buy cheaper fuel from Turkey, but was instructed by the U.S. government to buy higher priced fuel from Kuwait.

USA: Leonardo DiCaprio Plans Film About Growing Role of Mercenaries
Daily Times (Pakistan)/AFP
November 10th, 2004
Hollywood star wants to mix the basic elements of a screen thriller with the cautionary theme of outsourcing war.

U.S.: New Bribes Scandal at Halliburton
by John SterlicchiEvening Standard
November 9th, 2004
Halliburton says its staff may have paid bribes to Nigerian officials to secure a $4 billion contract in the 1990s. The company says the Justice Department is also investigating payments in connection with bidding practices on certain foreign projects. which dismissed Stanley as a consultant earlier this year, said the Justice Department was also investigating whether Stanley 'received payments in connection with bidding practices on certain foreign projects'.

US: Accusations by Mobile firm spark probe of Security Firm's Iraq contracts
by Eddie CurranMobile Register
November 8th, 2004
In placing Custer Battles on the list of contractors forbidden to receive federal contracts, the U.S. Air Force cited evidence of "fraud, antitrust violations, embezzlement, theft, forgery, bribery, false statements or any other offenses indicating a lack of business integrity."

AFRICA: Former Scorpions Head to Become Involved in Private Security
Mail & Guardian
November 8th, 2004
Bulelani Ngcuka will play an active role in the investigations arm of Stallion Security, one of South Africa's largest privately held security companies.

AFRICA: Mugabe Hailed as Savior of Equatorial Guinea for Preventing Mercenary Invasion
Mail & Guardian Online/AFP
November 8th, 2004
Sixty-eight suspected mercenaries began sentences in September in connection with an alleged plot to topple Equatorial Guinea President Teodoro Obiang Nguema, who has been in power for 25 years.

USA: Military Considers Future Of Contractors On The Battlefield
by Ann RooseveltDefense Daily
November 8th, 2004
Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Air Force Gen. Richard Myers is asking the military to consider the right balance of contractors given the security situation and if it wise to have so many contractors involved.

PHILIPPINES: Workers Sent to Iraq Unaware of Ban?
by Sandy AranetaPhilippine Headline News
November 7th, 2004
Nineteen Filipino workers (returning from Iraq knew their country banned deployment to the strife-torn country, but like contestants at the once popular game show "Who Wants to be a Millionaire," they needed to be prompted for the precise month when the ban was imposed.

IRAQ: Truck Drivers Killed
November 7th, 2004
Insurgents regularly target workers, both Iraqi and foreign, whom they accuse of collaborating with US-led forces in Iraq.

PHILIPPINES: Recruiter Faces Government Sanctions
by Jenny Molbog-MendozaSun Star Network/Philippines
November 6th, 2004
A firm that recruited for Iraq contract work despite a Philippine ban on the deployment of workers to that country will be sanctioned.

IRAQ: Titan Translator Released by Kidnappers
by Associated PressThe Boston Globe
November 6th, 2004
Iraqi militants have release a Sudanese interpreter working for a U.S. contractor, Titan, after he siad on Arabic television that his kidnappers wanted San Diego-based Titan to leave Iraq.

U.S.: Let FBI Get To Bottom Of Halliburton Deal
by Sun-SentinelEditorial Board
November 6th, 2004
Even if all had been above board, and that apparently hasn't been the case, Halliburton's role in Iraq left the United States open to criticism that its war effort had wrongly profited a multinational corporation because of the vice president's connection.

USA: Custer Battles Fights Federal Inquiry
by John ChappellThe Pilot
November 6th, 2004
Justice Department documents say two former managers of Custer Battles brought a civil suit under the federal whistle-blower act charging the company with fraud.

IRAQ: Contractor Medic Murdered at Abu Ghriab Prison
by Michelle BoorsteinThe Washington Post
November 6th, 2004
A medic working for a Halliburton subsidiary was shot and killed in the clinic at Abu Ghraib prison. "There was a knock at the clinic door, and when he opened it, they shot him."

RUSSIA: Turkish Organizations Support Chechnya Mercenaries?
Russian Information Agency/Novosti
November 5th, 2004
Documents found on mercenaries eliminated in Chechnya provide evidence that Turkish organizations may support Chechen separatists.

IRAQ: Pentagon Asked to Investigate if Two Former Halliburton Workers Took Bribes
by David IvonovichHouston Chronicle
November 5th, 2004
Possible "inappropriate" contact between former employees and Kuwait subcontractors to be investigated.

UK: Fraud Office to Investigate BAE Contracts
November 3rd, 2004
An investigation into suspected false accounting related to contracts between Robert Lee International, Travellers World and BAE in connection with defense equipment contracts with Saudi Arabia.

SOUTH AFRICA: Government Moves to Halt Exodus of Security Forces to Iraq
by Graeme Hosken Pretoria News
November 3rd, 2004
More than 4,000 South Africans are currently working in Iraq in various security fields with hundreds leaving for that country every month to exploit loopholes in the law and tax-free salaries.

IRAQ: Working in a War Zone - An Industry Perspective
by Marta RobertsSecurity Management
November 1st, 2004

IRAQ: Only a Small Part of Funds to Help Rebuild Iraq
by Jonathan WeismanThe Washington Post
November 1st, 2004
A new report paints a picture of lawlessness and corruption hampering a reconstruction program that once promised Iraqis a significant boost.

IRAQ: Struggling to Keep Rebuilding Hopes Alive
November 1st, 2004
Mounting violence has choked reconstruction spending to almost nothing.

IRAQ: Dirty Warriors
by Barry Yeoman Mother Jones
November 1st, 2004
How South African hit men, Serbian paramilitaries, and other human rights violators became guns for hire for military contractors in Iraq

U.S.: Halliburton Landed Special Justification for Balkan Contract Renewal
by Larry MargasakAssociated Press
October 30th, 2004
When Greenhouse challenged the emergency, Corps officials changed their reasoning. The new explanation was that Halliburton subsidiary KBR was the "one and only" company that could do the job.

U.S.: Army Whistleblower Claims Racism, Sexism and Demotion Threats
by Adam Zagorin and Timoth J. BurgerTime
October 30th, 2004
Former Army Corps commander said "members of the upper Corps management made racist remarks."

U.S.: Earnings at Boeing and Northrop Helped by Military Spending
by Darrell Hassler and Edmond LococoBloomberg News
October 29th, 2004
Profits rocket for defense contractors.

U.S.: Halliburton Contracts Bypassed Objections
by T. Christian MillerThe Los Angeles Times
October 29th, 2004
Army commanders awarded a lucrative contract extension to Halliburton this month by circumventing the organization's top contracting officer, who had objected to the proposal.

U.S.: Army Official to Help FBI in Halliburton Probe
by David IvanovichThe Houston Chronicle
October 29th, 2004
Whistleblower confirms the FBI had contacted him "requesting to interview" his client concerning an ongoing investigation regarding the Restore Iraqi Oil contract.

IRAQ: Halliburton Lost U.S. property, auditors say
by Seth BorensteinKnight Ridder Newspapers
October 28th, 2004
The giant reconstruction contractor Halliburton misplaced millions of dollars in government trucks, generators, and computers.

IRAQ: Army Agrees to New Investigation of $7 Billion Halliburton Contract
by William C. MannAssociated Press
October 25th, 2004
The Army has agreed to investigate claims by a top contracting official that a Halliburton subsidiary unfairly won no-bid contracts worth billions of dollars for work in Iraq.

IRAQ: Contract Workers Take Soldiers' Wounds
by Mary Ann FergusThe Houston Chronicle
October 24th, 2004
Led to a combat zone by hefty wages and ambitions, nonmilitary personnel are becoming casualties of war.

IRAQ: A Deal with Halliburton Would End Controversial Billing Disputes
by David IvanovichThe Houston Chronicle
October 24th, 2004
Rather than continue the battle over hundreds of millions of dollars worth of inadequately documented expenses, the Army now is trying to negotiate a settlement.

IRAQ: A Whistle-Blower Who Objected to $7 Billion Halliburton Deal Tells All
by Adam Zagorin and Timothy J. BurgerTime Online Edition
October 24th, 2004
The Army contracting specialist's objections no made public for the first time, will probably fuel criticism of the government's allegedly cozy relationship with Halliburton and could be greeted with calls for further investigation.

IRAQ: Security Contractors in Iraq Pumping Up Costs
by Joseph Neff and Jay PriceThe Raleigh-Durham News & Observer
October 24th, 2004
Contracts show how costs can add up when the government uses private military contractors to perform tasks once handled by the Army.

IRAQ: Memos Warned of Billing Fraud by Custer Battles in Iraq
by Erik EckholmThe New York Times
October 23rd, 2004
The memorandums, written primarily by two company managers, charged that the security firm repeatedly billed the occupation authorities for nonexistent services or at grossly inflated prices.

IRAQ: Australian Troops banned from Moonlighting as Contractors
by John KerinThe Australian
October 23rd, 2004
Australian soldiers are understood to be using their holidays and long-service leave to earn danger money in Iraq.

AFGHANISTAN: How a Former U.S. Special Forces Solidier Marketed his Imaginary War
by Stacy SullivanNew York Magazine (
October 23rd, 2004
How does a freelance torturer claiming false military credentials turn up in American living rooms as an expert on the war on terror? Like other con men, Keith Idema made a very powerful impression.

U.S.: Canadian Charges Halliburton Affiliates with Weapons Fraud
October 22nd, 2004
The lawsuit contends that a division of Halliburton conspired to sell thousands of U.S. military warheads that were intended for disposal.

IRAQ: Army Studying Halliburton Compromise on Disputed Payment
by Charles Aldinger Reuters
October 22nd, 2004
Halliburton's Kellogg Brown & Root division has been paid at least $5.2 billion, but another "obligated" $3 billion had not yet been paid.

IRAQ: Climbing Oil Prices Reflect the Price of War
by Fareed MohamediMiddle East Report/Fall 2004
October 22nd, 2004
Most galling of all to the neo-conservatives must be that higher oil prices have helped political elites in Saudi Arabia, Iran and the Gulf petro-princedoms to tighten their grip on power.

IRAQ: Contractors, Aid Workers, Journalists -- More Than 150 Kidnapped
Associated Press
October 22nd, 2004
The latest count of those who have been held hostage in the war-torn country.

IRAQ: Corruption Probe Names Thousands Engaged in Iraq Oil-for-Food Program
by Colum LynchThe Washington Post
October 22nd, 2004

IRAQ: A Survivor's Story
by Dan MurphyThe Christian Science Monitor
October 20th, 2004
Amir Dawoud Issa, an Egyptian cellphone technician working in Iraq's war-torn Sunni triangle, recounts his experience of being taken hostage.

IRAQ: Lawyer Sues for Iraqi man Over Abu Ghraib Treatment
by Deborah HastingsAssociated Press
October 19th, 2004
The civil lawsuits represent perhaps the only legal recourse available to former prisoners because civilian contractors, who number between 15,000 and 20,000 in Iraq — operate with impunity while doing their jobs.

IRAQ: An Iraq Contractor Shares Lurid Tales of Prostitution
by Christopher
October 17th, 2004
Having to cope with loneliness, malnutrition and basically captive status took its toll. Lack of a bank to dispense funds facilitated some of the most lurid events to have transpired at the base – illicit sex and prostitution.

IRAQ: U.S. Military Officers Urge Washington to Waive Contract Laws in Iraq
by Thom ShankerThe New York Times
October 17th, 2004
U.S. military officers express frustrations with contract regulations. The problem, they say, is that peacetime regulations governing routine federal contracts are being applied in the chaos facing the reconstruction efforts.

IRAQ: Audit Can't Find Billions
by Bryan BenderThe Boston Globe
October 16th, 2004
The audit found serious gaps in how the Development Fund for Iraq -- a pool of money drawn from Iraqi oil revenues and international aid -- was handled by American occupation officials responsible for funding reconstruction projects.

SUDAN: U.S. Contractors to Support African Forces
by Nick SimeoneVoice of America
October 15th, 2004
The U.S. has awarded contracts worth more than $20 million to the PAE Group and Dyncorp to support some 3,500 troops from the African Union in Sudan's Darfur region.

IRAQ: U.S. Security Contractor Cites Explosive Growth Amid Iraq War
Associated Press
October 13th, 2004
Blackwater USA expands 600 percent in last 18 months.

IRAQ: Explosive Growth for Private Security Firm
Associated Press
October 13th, 2004
Blackwater USA security firm made its name in Iraq and now claims a 600 percent growth in 18 months.

USA: Cash Poor Pentagon Continues Record Setting Spending Spree on Contractors
by Tim WeinerInternational Herald Tribune
September 30th, 2004
Seventy-seven weapons systems have a collective price tag of $1.3 trillion. That is nearly twice what they were supposed to cost, and 11 times more than the annual bill for operating and maintaining the American military.

USA: Pentagon Awarded $362 billion in Contracts Without Competitive Bidding
by Larry MakinsonThe Center for Public Integrity
September 30th, 2004
Half of all the Defense Department's budget goes to the private sector with only 40 percent of the contracts being fully competed.

EQUATORIAL GUNIEA: American military Officials Linked to Failed Coup Plot
by David Leigh, David Pallister and Jamie WilsonGuardian
September 29th, 2004
Theresa Whelan, a member of the Bush administration in charge of African affairs at the Pentagon, twice met a London-based businessman, Greg Wales, in Washington before the coup attempt. Mr Wales has been accused of being one of its organisers, but has denied any involvement.

AFGHANISTAN: Convicted Mercenary May Be Pentagon's Fall Guy
by Ramtanu Maitra Asia Times Online
September 29th, 2004
Jonathan "Jack" Idema was a paid mercenary, and by all accounts he was - despite denials - assigned to do the job. While high-ups condone the methods applied by the lower ranks, they stay aloof from incriminating details.

IRAQ: Protest of Controversial Iraq Security Contract Rejected
by Katherine McIntire
September 27th, 2004
The contract to Aegis surprised many because the company has no Middle East experience and its main shareholder, Tim Spicer, has been at the center of a number of controversial business deals.

IRAQ: Titan Translator Finds Health Benefits Hard to Get
by  T. Christian MillerThe Los Angeles Times
September 25th, 2004
A year after his leg was blown off during a skirmish, an Iraqi translator working for Titan hops around his house in Baghdad, still waiting for health benefits.

USA: Halliburton May Shed KBR and Iraq Business
by David Ivanovich and Lynn CookHouston Chronicle
September 23rd, 2004
Company considers selling KBR outright or conducting a spinoff of the operation.

USA: Detroit Area Duo Indicted for Alleged Sierra Leone Scam
by David AshenfelterDetroit Free Press
September 23rd, 2004
A police officer and an Iraq contractor charged in attempt to defraud Sierra Leone and a private military company for $23 million.

IRAQ: Precarious Work in Protecting Iraq's Pipelines
by David Isenberg Asia Times Online
September 23rd, 2004
Erinys is part of a joint contract worth $100 million to provide security for Iraq's vital oil infrastructure. Thus far it has had about 21 employees killed and 26 wounded from enemy action.

NEW ZEALAND: Government Signs Treaty on Mercenary Ban
Television New Zealand
September 23rd, 2004
"New Zealand has clearly demonstrated its opposition to hiring people to fight and kill for money in wars, with which they would otherwise have no connection," said Foreign Minister Phil Goff.

IRAQ: Boom Times in Iraq for Former Dogs of War
by By Jeremy Lovell Reuters
September 22nd, 2004
"It is an industry that has done very well in 2004," said Charles Heyman of Jane's Consultancy.

UKRAINE: Firm Accused of Arming Iraqis
by Natasha LisovaAssociated Press
September 20th, 2004
A Ukrainian company is suspected of smuggling surface-to-air missiles and other weapons for possible sale to Iraqi insurgents.

AFRICA: Prison cell, Not Riches, Awaits Mercenaries in Africa
by Gwynne DyerToronto Star
September 16th, 2004
The money was put up by a syndicate of British and South African investors. The pay-off would come in the form of cash and a cut of future oil revenues.

US: Conflict of interest may hurt nuke security: Critics charge testing of security at power plants is fatally flawed
by Lisa MyersMSNBC
September 4th, 2004
Since drawings of U.S. nuclear power plants were found in al-Qaida caves in Afghanistan, the nuclear power industry says it has spent $1 billion beefing up security. That includes more frequent and more realistic mock-terrorist attacks to test the ability of plant guards.

BRITAIN: Aegis Defense Services Iraq Contract Opposed by Irish Human Rights Groups
by Tom Griffin Asia Times
July 30th, 2004

IRAQ: Business Booming For Soldiers Of Fortune
by Katherine Stapplnter Press Service
July 30th, 2004

IRAQ: Contractors Are Bidding Amid Increasing Attacks
by Beth PotterMcGraw Hill Construction
July 26th, 2004
Some 50 Iraqi contractors listened recently at a Sunday bid meeting to Kellogg, Brown & Root project manager Glenn Powell via a translator. To get there, they had passed through four U.S. military checkpoints along a quarter-mile stretch through a heavily fortified Baghdad “green zone” for foreigners doing business in Iraq.

Iraq: Advocates of War Now Profit From Iraq's Reconstruction
by Walter F. Roche Jr. and Ken SilversteinLos Angeles Times
July 14th, 2004

IRAQ: Many Foreign Laborers Receive Inferior Pay, Food and Shelter
by Ariana Eunjung ChaThe Washington Post
July 1st, 2004
The war in Iraq has been a windfall for Kellogg Brown & Root Inc., the company that has a multibillion-dollar contract to provide support services for U.S. troops. Its profits have come thanks to the hard work of people like Dharmapalan Ajayakumar, who until last month served as a kitchen helper at a military base.

IRAQ: Security Firm's $293 Million Deal Under Scrutiny
by Charles M. SennottThe Boston Globe
June 22nd, 2004

USA: Appointee's Role in Halliburton Pact Told
by T. Christian MillerLA Times
June 14th, 2004

USA: Torture Victims Sue U.S. Security Companies
by Emad Mekay Inter Press Service
June 10th, 2004

USA: Rumsfeld to Restrict Senators' Access To Documents In Boeing Deal
by Joseph L. GallowayKnight-Ridder
June 4th, 2004
Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld has sharply limited the information he is willing to let Congress see on a controversial defense contract that is the focus of multiple investigations.

Iraq: Reining In Contractors
by Jason Peckenpaugh and Shane HarrisGovernment Executive magazine
June 1st, 2004

US: Federal government to start a summer spree of contracts
by Christopher BoweFinancial Times
May 27th, 2004
The US government is expected to open a summer spree of lucrative defence and security contracts today, when it names the finalists for a $14bn ship procurement.

Iraq: CACI Probed on Keeping Future Government Contracts
by Chelsea EmeryReuters
May 27th, 2004
Federal officials are investigating whether employees of defense contractor CACI International Inc. were involved in prisoner abuse in Iraq and whether the company should remain eligible for government contracts, CACI said on Thursday.

Iraq: Titan's Army contract under review
by Bruce V. BigelowSan Diego Union-Tribune
May 27th, 2004
The Army command that hired San Diego's Titan Corp. to provide Arabic linguists to units in Iraq is evaluating whether the lucrative contract should be awarded to another company.

Iraq: Army Contract Again Disputed
by T. Christian MillerLos Angeles Times
May 26th, 2004
The U.S. Army has, for the second time, awarded a contract to supply the Iraqi security forces to a consortium of companies with little arms experience and whose participants include a friend of controversial Iraqi official Ahmad Chalabi.

IRAQ: Indian Contract Workers in Iraq Complain of Exploitation
by David RohdeThe New York Times
May 7th, 2004

US: Probe into Iraq trafficking claims
by Elise LabottCNN
May 5th, 2004
The United States is investigating reports Indian nationals were victims of human trafficking to Iraq and mistreated while working there as contractors in U.S. military camps, the State Department has said.

Iraq: Contractors Implicated in Prison Abuse Remain on the Job
by  Joel Brinkley and James GlanzNew York Times
May 4th, 2004
More than two months after a classified Army report found that two contract workers were implicated in the abuse of Iraqis at a prison outside Baghdad, the companies that employ them say that they have heard nothing from the Pentagon, and that they have not removed any employees from Iraq.

Iraq: CACI to Open Probe of Workers
by By Renae Merle and Ellen McCarthyWashington Post
May 3rd, 2004
Defense contractor CACI International Inc. said yesterday it launched an independent investigation of its employees in connection with allegations that Iraqi detainees were abused by U.S. soldiers at an Army-run prison in Iraq.

Iraq: Prisoner Abuse Appears More Extensive
by T. Christian MillerLos Angeles Times
May 2nd, 2004
At least one Iraqi prisoner died after interrogation, some were threatened with attack dogs and others were kept naked in tiny cells without running water or ventilation, according to an account written by a military police sergeant who is one of six U.S. soldiers charged in a growing scandal over prisoner abuse in Iraq.

Iraq: Prison Workers Questioned
by T. Christian Miller and Greg MillerLos Angeles Times
May 1st, 2004
CACI International of Arlington, Va., said the employees had volunteered to be interviewed in a case in which six U.S. soldiers have been charged with sexually and physically abusing Iraqi prisoners at Abu Ghraib prison outside Baghdad.

Iraq: US Military in Torture Scandal
by Julian BorgerGuardian, U.K.
April 30th, 2004
The scandal has also brought to light the growing and largely unregulated role of private contractors in the interrogation of detainees.

Iraq: Senators Seek Investigation into Private Security Firms
by Lolita C. BaldorAssociated Press
April 29th, 2004
Five Democratic senators have asked Congressional auditors to investigate the use and activities of private military contractors in Iraq.

Iraq: No Guns for Contractors, Pentagon is Proposing
by Seth BorensteinPhiladelphia Inquirer
April 29th, 2004
As the insurgency in Iraq remains strong, the Department of Defense has proposed a new rule for most of the estimated 70,000 civilian contractors working in the region: They cannot carry guns.

Iraq: Cellular Project Leads to U.S. Inquiry
by T. Christian MillerLos Angeles Times
April 29th, 2004
A senior Defense Department official is under investigation by the Pentagon inspector general for allegations that he attempted to alter a contract proposal in Iraq to benefit a mobile phone consortium that includes friends and colleagues, according to documents obtained by The Times and sources with direct knowledge of the process.

US: Boeing reports $623 million profit, surge in defense revenue
by Dave CarpenterAssociated Press
April 28th, 2004
Boeing Co. rode an 18 percent surge in revenue from its defense contracting unit to a far-better-than-expected $623 million profit in the first quarter and raised its earnings estimates for 2004 and 2005.

US: Jets, IT Drive Lockheed Gains
by Renae MerleWashington Post
April 28th, 2004
Lockheed Martin Corp. reported a 16 percent jump in first-quarter profit yesterday as demand for fighter aircraft and information technology continued to boost sales.

US: Probe of Boeing, Documents Expanded
by Renae MerleWashington Post
April 28th, 2004
A criminal investigation into whether Boeing Co. used stolen Lockheed Martin Corp. documents to win an Air Force contract has grown to include an examination of NASA contract competitions, sources close to the inquiry said yesterday.

US: Lockheed Profit Rises 16% on Missiles, Jets
Bloomberg News
April 28th, 2004
Lockheed Martin Corp., the biggest U.S. military contractor, said Tuesday that first-quarter profit climbed 16%, buoyed by spending on Patriot missiles used in Iraq and funding to develop new jets.

IRAQ: 10 US Contractors Penalized
by Matt KelleyAssociated Press
April 26th, 2004
Ten companies with billions of dollars in U.S. contracts for Iraq reconstruction have paid more than $300 million in penalties since 2000 to resolve allegations of bid rigging, fraud, delivery of faulty military parts and environmental damage.

Iraq: Families of Hostages Say They're Being Kept in Dark
by Bill MurphyHouston Chronicle
April 25th, 2004
Family members of KBR employees taken hostage by insurgents in Iraq say they are still being kept in the dark about their status

Iraq: Iraqis Investigate Halliburton over Allegations of Bribery
by Clayton HirstLondon Independent
April 25th, 2004
The probe centres on allegations that staff working for the Houston-based company took bribes for awarding sub-contracts in Iraq.

US: Court Documents Unsealed in Northrop Grumman Case
Associated Press
April 22nd, 2004
Northrop Grumman Corp., the nation's third-largest defense contractor, lied to the Air Force about the readiness of its radar-jamming equipment in the late 1980s, according to recently unsealed court documents from a whistle-blower case against the company.

Iraq: Families Grieve After Halliburton Contract Workers Identified
by Kristen HaysAssociated Press
April 21st, 2004
The bodies of the two men and a third American contractor, Jack Montague, were found last week near the site of an April 9 attack on a fuel convoy west of Baghdad, Houston-based Halliburton announced Tuesday. A fourth, unidentified, victim was also found.

US: Bechtel's 2003 Revenue Breaks Company Record
by David R. BakerSan Francisco Chronicle
April 20th, 2004
Bechtel Corp., the San Francisco engineering giant rebuilding Iraq, today will report record revenue of $16.3 billion in 2003, reversing a three- year slide.

US: Boeing Turns to New CEO and the Pentagon
by Julie CreswellFortune
April 19th, 2004
The aerospace giant saw its blue-chip reputation and cherished status as an innovator flipped upside down last year. Two of its top executives became entangled in an ethics investigation by the Pentagon, while other employees faced criminal charges involving industrial espionage. The government penalized Boeing by canceling rocket launches valued at about $ 1 billion and is holding up a $ 17 billion aerial tanker contract. Furthermore, Boeing infuriated investors with a billion-dollar surprise charge last summer. And underlying this sorry litany was a simpler, larger problem: In 2003, for the first time, Boeing sold fewer planes than the other global aviation superpower, Europe's Airbus Industrie.

Iraq: Security Firm Will Hire a Nightclub Bouncer
by Bernard Ginns and John BynorthMail on Sunday, London
April 18th, 2004
The lives of contractors in Iraq are being put at risk by security firms prepared to employ untrained staff, a Mail on Sunday investigation reveals.

Iraq: Companies Wait for the Smoke to Clear
by Tim Webb and Clayton Hirst
April 18th, 2004
Iraq was supposed to provide rich pickings, with billions of dollars' worth of contracts up for grabs. But as kidnappings and killings undermine security still further, Tim Webb and Clayton Hirst ask if the reconstruction effort is about to unravel

Iraq: KBR contractors weigh heavy risks
by Jenalia Moreno and Bill Hensel Jr. Houston Chronicle
April 14th, 2004
For more than a week, KBR officials have tried to prepare new hires like Michael Tovar, 29, for the risks they'll face as contractors in Iraq.

Iraq: More Limits Sought for Private Security Teams
by Mary Pat Flaherty and Dana PriestWashington Post
April 13th, 2004
With an estimated 20,000 private security workers on the ground, the Coalition Provisional Authority is increasingly concerned about the quality of the security teams, the weapons they use and the rules that will govern them after June 30, when the authority transfers political power to an interim Iraqi government.

US: C-130’s Costs Soar Despite Reforms
by David PhinneyDefense News
April 12th, 2004
The Pentagon had high hopes it could keep costs low on a new model of the C-130 transport by treating it like any other commercial purchase, but despite the publicly intended purpose, the airlifter’s price nearly doubled.

US: A Case of Reprisal Against One Pentagon Auditor
by David PhinneyFederal Times
April 12th, 2004
Last year, Ken Pedeleose and two colleagues wrote a 90-page report, cross-referenced with hundreds of documents and correspondence, accusing DCMA officials and the Pentagon of routinely bypassing administrative safeguards. The report was delivered to more than 50 members of Congress.

US: Undermining the Auditors: ‘Collaborative Arrangement’ Lets DoD Contractors Slide
by David PhinneyFederal Times
April 12th, 2004
Many say the Pentagon's contract oversight system is crumbling under a burgeoning workload, sharp staff cuts, and a less aggressive oversight culture driven by acquisition reforms that promote more partnership and trust between the Defense Department and its contractors.

Iraq: Seven U.S. Civilian Contract Workers Missing
by John F. Burns and Kirk SempleNew York Times
April 12th, 2004
BAGHDAD, Iraq, April 12 — The American military today put at seven the number of civilian contract workers missing after their convoy was ambushed in Iraq on Friday.

Iraq: Bush Conceals Names of U.S. Firms That Paid Kickbacks to Saddam
by Lawrence M. O'RourkeMcClatchy Newspapers
April 8th, 2004
Saddam Hussein siphoned off $10.1 billion from Iraq's oil-for-food program through illegal oil contracts and kickback deals with private suppliers of food and medicine, a congressional agency said Wednesday. John Negroponte, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee that the Bush administration can identify the private business firms that cut kickback deals with Saddam Hussein, but intends to keep the names secret.

Iraq: Security Firms Form World's Largest Private 'Army'
by Dana Priest and Mary Pat FlahertyWashington Post
April 8th, 2004
Under assault by insurgents and unable to rely on U.S. and coalition troops for intelligence or help under duress, private security firms in Iraq have begun to band together in the past 48 hours, organizing what may effectively be the largest private army in the world, with its own rescue teams and pooled, sensitive intelligence.

UK: BAE Chairman 'Close' to Accused Executive
by David Leigh and Rob EvansGuardian (London)
April 7th, 2004
Sir Dick Evans, the chairman of BAE Systems, had close personal links with the arms firm executive accused of providing free holidays and gifts for a Ministry of Defence official, it was alleged last night. Tony Winship, a former BAE employee, is the executive at the centre of allegations revealed in yesterday's Guardian that a BAE slush fund paid for a series of unauthorised luxury hotel stays for a civil servant in the MoD's arms sales unit.

US: Diminished Oversight Leads to Overpricing
by David PhinneyFederal Times
April 5th, 2004
Ken Pedeleose’s eyes popped in awe as he plowed through a bill for airplane parts in 1999: $2,522 for a 4½-inch metal sleeve, $744 for a washer, $714 for a rivet, and $5,217 for a 1-inch metal bracket.

Zimbabwe: State-owned ZDI Sold Weapons to Mercenaries
Zimbabwe Independent
April 2nd, 2004

US: Blackwater Mercenaries Take Risks for Right Price
by James Dao, Eric Schmitt, and John F. BurnsNew York Times
April 2nd, 2004
Here, at the 6,000-acre training ground of Blackwater U.S.A., scores of former military commandos, police officers and civilians are prepared each month to join the lucrative but often deadly work of providing security for corporations and governments in the toughest corners of the globe. On Wednesday, four employees of a Blackwater unit -- most of them former American military Special Operations personnel -- were killed in an ambush in the central Iraqi city of Fallujah, their bodies mutilated and dragged through the streets by chanting crowds.

Iraq: RTI Wins Another Contract for Government Creation
by Jay PriceNews & Observer (Raleigh, North Carolina)
April 1st, 2004
The U.S. Agency for International Development has awarded RTI International a one-year contract extension worth up to $154 million to foster democratic local government in Iraq, a company executive said Wednesday. With a handover of power from the United States to an Iraqi government scheduled for June, the nonprofit institute's second year in Iraq will be crucial, said Ron Johnson, RTI's vice president for international development.

Japan: Arms Export Ban To Be Revisited
by Mariko SanchantaFinancial Times
April 1st, 2004
Japan's decision to dispatch troops from its self-defence force to southern Iraq has marked a watershed inthe country's postwar history and jarred the pacifist roots of its constitution. But while Japan may now be shipping its soldiers to Samawah, it still struggles to export Japanese-made weapons. A four-decade ban on the sale of weapons abroad has left the country's defence industry largely impotent on the world stage.

Iraq: Trade Fair Postponed Over Security Fears
by Joshua Chaffin and Salamander DavoudiFinancial Times
April 1st, 2004
The deteriorating security situation in Iraq has prompted the postponement of a US-led trade fair aimed at accelerating reconstruction in the country amid heightening concerns about the safety of foreign civilians working there. Organisers of Destination Baghdad Expo, that was due to begin on Monday, postponed the event following the gruesome killings on Wednesday of four western contract workers in the city of Falluja.

Iraq: Soldiers of Fortune Rush to Cash in on Unrest
by James HiderTimes (London)
April 1st, 2004
In Iraq, the postwar business boom is not oil. It is security. In a country shaken by guerrilla warfare, crime and terrorism, where the United States is handing out almost $ 20 billion (£11 billion) in reconstruction contracts, thousands of well-armed private security contractors are making a fortune.

Afghanistan/Iraq: Weary Special Forces Quit for Security Jobs
by David Rennie and Michael SmithDaily Telegraph (London)
March 31st, 2004
Exhausted American and British special forces troopers, the West's front line in the war on terrorism, are resigning in record numbers and taking highly-paid jobs as private security guards in Iraq and Afghanistan. Senior US commanders are so alarmed that they have held emergency meetings to agree new deals on pay and conditions for the men.

Iraq: Rebuilding Plan Reviewed
by Jackie Spinner and Mary Pat FlahertyWashington Post
March 31st, 2004
The new inspector general of the U.S.-led interim authority in Iraq reported yesterday that though he is just beginning his own audits of reconstruction spending, he is concerned about the oversight of spending and control of cash.

Iraq: Security Pushes Up Contract Costs
by Sue PlemingReuters
March 31st, 2004
Soaring security and insurance costs are driving up the price of contracts to rebuild Iraq and more funds may be needed, said a report on Wednesday by the U.S.-led authority's chief inspector in Iraq.

US: Former McKesson CFO Indicted in Fraud
by Henry K. LeeSan Francisco Chronicle
March 31st, 2004
The former chief financial officer of San Francisco health care giant McKesson Corp. was indicted Tuesday by a federal grand jury for his role in a huge criminal securities fraud that wiped out $9 billion of shareholder value five years ago.

Iraq: Parsons Corp. Wins $900 Million Contract
March 30th, 2004
California's Parsons Corp., one of the most active U.S. companies in Iraq, said on Tuesday it won a contract worth up to $900 million from the U.S. military for security and justice work in Iraq. The privately-owned engineering and construction company said the latest deal includes the restoration and construction of bases for the Iraqi security forces, police stations, border control stations, fire stations, courthouses and prisons.

Iraq: Halliburton Continues to Profit
by Matt KelleyAssociated Press
March 30th, 2004
Halliburton Co. has reaped as much as $6 billion in contracts from the U.S. invasion of Iraq, but improprieties in those military contracts have also given Vice President Dick Cheney's former company high-profile headaches. Pentagon auditors have criticized Halliburton's estimating, spending and subcontracting, and they plan to begin withholding up to $300 million in payments next month. The Justice Department is investigating allegations of overcharges, bribes and kickbacks. Democrats have accused the company of war profiteering.

Iraq: Global Security Firms Fill in as Private Armies
by Robert CollierSan Francisco Chronicle
March 28th, 2004
The shootout was just one more example of the behind-the-scenes role played in Iraq by an estimated 15,000 private security agents from the United States, Britain and countries as varied as Nepal, Chile, Ukraine, Israel, South Africa and Fiji. They are employed by about 25 different firms that are playing their part in Iraq's highly dangerous postwar environment by performing tasks ranging from training the country's new police and army to protecting government leaders to providing logistics for the U.S. military. 15,000 agents patrol the violent streets of Iraq.

Iraq: Facing $310 Billion Debt Crisis
Observer (London)
March 28th, 2004
Iraq is heading for economic meltdown under the weight of its $ 310 billion international debt and reparations bill. Attempts by the International Monetary Fund to reduce it are insufficient and will block Iraq's long-term reconstruction. Financial meltdown could come despite increased oil revenues.

Equatorial Guinea: Mercenary Tells How Coup Went Wrong
by Tom WalkerSunday Times (London)
March 28th, 2004
A former SAS soldier languishing in a Zimbabwean jail has confessed to numerous failures in his attempt to lead a group of mercenaries in overthrowing the president of Equatorial Guinea. In a 13-page handwritten statement, Simon Mann describes how he hoped to convince the Harare authorities to let him and his men pass through Zimbabwe.

UK: Pentagon Warns British Contractors
by David GowGuardian (London)
March 27th, 2004
The Pentagon yesterday warned British firms winning contracts under its $ 18.4bn (£10bn) Iraqi reconstruction programme that they would be thrown out if they failed to give a minimum 10% of the work to US small businesses.

US: Halliburton Lobby Costs Drop
by Maud S. BeelmanBoston Globe
March 27th, 2004
Halliburton, the oil and construction conglomerate formerly headed by Vice President Dick Cheney, dramatically reduced what it spent on lobbying Congress and the federal government after the Bush-Cheney administration took office in January 2001.

Iraq: SAIC Pays DOD Settlement
by Rachel SamsBaltimore Business Journal
March 25th, 2004
Defense contractor Science Applications International Corp. has agreed to pay $484,500 to settle allegations it violated the False Claims Act when designing a computer system program for the U.S. Department of Defense.

Iraq: Report Rips SAIC Over Contracts
by Bruce V. BigelowUnion-Tribune
March 25th, 2004
In a scathing report yesterday, the Pentagon's inspector general sharply criticized contracts issued last year to San Diego's SAIC for reconstruction and humanitarian work in Iraq.

US: Lockheed In Raptor Deal With Pentagon
by Demetri SevastopuloFinancial Times
March 24th, 2004
Lockheed Martin on Tuesday reached an agreement to sell 22 Raptor jet fighters to the US air force after the Pentagon decided to proceed with operational testing of the controversial aircraft next month.

Iraq: Violence Slows Bechtel in Iraq
by David R. BakerSan Francisco Chronicle
March 23rd, 2004
Violence has slowed or interrupted work at approximately 10 percent of Bechtel Corp.'s reconstruction sites in Iraq, government and company representatives said Thursday. Two of its subcontractors forced to curtail or suspend operations at hostile sites.

Haiti: Companies Covet Post-War Rebuilding Contracts
by Rick WestheadToronto Star
March 23rd, 2004
Nation-rebuilding projects in countries such as Iraq, the Congo and Haiti have spawned a growing industry as private-sector companies compete to win contracts to aid in the rebuilding efforts. Some analysts say the business now generates as much as $200 billion (U.S.) a year.

Iraq: Nour USA Ltd's Delivery Delays
by Tom Shanker and Eric SchmittNew York Times
March 22nd, 2004
Senior American commanders in Iraq are publicly complaining that delays in delivering radios, body armor and other equipment have hobbled their ability to build an effective Iraqi security force that can ultimately replace United States troops here.

US: Carlyle Stands to Profit from Disaster
by David LazarusSan Francisco Chronicle
March 21st, 2004
The Washington investment firm, run by a who's who of Republican heavyweights, including former Secretary of State James Baker and former Defense Secretary Frank Carlucci, has put money into about 300 different companies and properties. Those investments include United Defense Industries, a maker of combat vehicles, naval guns and missile launchers; and Sippican, a maker of submarine systems and countermeasures to protect warships

UK: Whitehall Warns UK Firms to Stop Sending Workers to Iraq
by Severin Carrell, Tim Webb and Clayton HirstThe Independent (London)
March 18th, 2004
British businesses hoping to win lucrative deals in Iraq have been told to scrap their plans to travel there because of the escalating violence against Westerners.

Iraq: IFC Plans to Venture into Iraq by June
by Sandhya D'melloKhaleej Times Online
March 14th, 2004
nternational Finance Corporation (IFC) is planning to venture into Iraq by June this year. The transaction is reported to be in the form of an equity or loan in small and medium enterprise, this was confirmed yesterday by Mr Assaad J Jabre, Vice-President Operations, IFC (The World Bank Group).

US: SF Firm Awarded Contract in Iraq
by David R. BakerSan Francisco Chronicle
March 12th, 2004
The Pentagon has begun doling out $5 billion in new contracts to rebuild Iraq, and a San Francisco firm partially owned by Sen. Dianne Feinstein's husband has landed some of the cash. URS Corp. will oversee repairs to Iraq's communications system, hospitals and courthouses under contracts worth a total of $27.7 million.

Poland: Company Tied to Secret Services May Win Iraqi Tender
Polish News Bulletin
March 11th, 2004

US: Report Finds Halliburton Violated Contracting Rules
by Seth BorensteinKnight Ridder
March 11th, 2004
Halliburton, the big contractor that's won the lion's share of government contracts to rebuild Iraq, significantly and systematically violated federal contracting rules by providing inaccurate and incomplete information about its own costs, according to a special report by Defense Department auditors.

Iraq: Lukoil Chief Says Prewar Deal Still Valid
by Matt MooreAssociated Press/Boston Globe
March 11th, 2004
The head of Russia's Lukoil said Thursday that a lucrative prewar deal to produce oil in Iraq is still valid, but conceded that its fate hinges on the decision of the new government due to take power on June 30.

Iraq: Report Finds Halliburton Violated Contracting Rules
by Seth BorensteinKnight Ridder Washington Bureau
March 11th, 2004
Halliburton, the big contractor that's won the lion's share of government contracts to rebuild Iraq, significantly and systematically violated federal contracting rules by providing inaccurate and incomplete information about its own costs, according to a special report by Defense Department auditors.

US: Roche Bails Out for Top Army Job Amid Scandal
by Esther SchraderLos Angeles Times
March 11th, 2004
Air Force Secretary James G. Roche, whose nomination to head the Army had been stalled in Congress since summer over a controversial $27-billion deal with Boeing Co. and an Air Force Academy sexual assault scandal, withdrew his name Wednesday from consideration for the post.

US: Pentagon Asks Justice to Join Halliburton Probe
by Neil King Jr. and Glenn R. SimpsonWall Street Journal
March 10th, 2004
The Pentagon has asked the Justice Department to join an inquiry into alleged fuel overcharging by Halliburton Co. in Iraq, indicating that Pentagon officials see possible grounds for criminal charges or civil penalties.

Iraq: The Fight for Iraq
by Neil KingJr. and Glenn R. SimpsonWall Street Journal
March 10th, 2004
The Pentagon has asked the Justice Department to join an inquiry into alleged fuel overcharging by Halliburton Co. in Iraq, indicating that Pentagon officials see possible grounds for criminal charges or civil penalties.

US: Lockheed's New CEO Facing Tough Challenge
by Renae MerleWashington Post
March 8th, 2004
Robert J. Stevens, who will become chief executive of Lockheed Martin Corp. in August, is taking over from Vance D. Coffman as a rising federal budget threatens to slow defense spending, Pentagon views of high-tech warfare shift and Lockheed continues to have problems with two high-profile programs: the F/A-22 and F-35 fighter jets.

US: Opens Probe Into Contractor Titan Corp.
by Renae Merle Washington Post
March 6th, 2004
The Justice Department has opened a criminal investigation into whether San Diego defense contractor Titan Corp. made illegal payments to international consultants, endangering Lockheed Martin Corp.'s plan to buy the firm.

US: General Dynamics Subpoenaed Over Long Island Plant
by Anitha ReddyWashington Post
March 6th, 2004
The U.S. attorney's office in the Eastern District of New York has subpoenaed General Dynamics Corp. about a New York factory it believes may have falsely certified that parts for U.S. Navy submarines were properly tested.

Unearthing Democratic Root to Halliburton Flap
by Al KamenWashington Post
March 5th, 2004
Truly there is nothing new under the sun. In recent months Democrats have been bleating about fat Iraq construction contracts going to Halliburton, about Halliburton's ties to the administration because Vice President Cheney happened to run the company just before taking his current job and a shocking GOP tendency to help contributors.

Chile: US Contractor Recruits Guards for Iraq in South America
by Jonathan FranklinGuardian (London)
March 5th, 2004
The US is hiring mercenaries in Chile to replace its soldiers on security duty in Iraq. A Pentagon contractor has begun recruiting former commandos, other soldiers and seamen, paying them up to $4,000 (2,193) a month to guard oil wells against attack by insurgents.

US: Court Revives GE Challenge of Superfund Law
by Devlin BarrettAssociated Press
March 4th, 2004
A federal appeals court has revived a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the 1980 Superfund law that allows the government to assess polluters for cleaning up toxic waste sites.

World: Donor Countries Study Iraq Costs
Melbourne Age
February 28th, 2004
In Abu Dhabi, representatives of some 40 donor countries, including the United States, the European Union and Japan, as well as the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the United Nations, prepared to kick off a two-day conference on rebuilding post-war Iraq.

US: United Technologies' Chairman Collects $70 Million in Salary, Stock Options
by Knight-RidderTribune Business News
February 28th, 2004
Feb. 28--United Technologies Corp. paid Chairman George David $4 million in salary and bonus last year -- $400,000 more than in 2002. But the great bulk of David's gains came from exercising stock options.

US: Lawmakers seek Halliburton internal documents
by David IvanovichHouston Chronicle
February 27th, 2004
Two key Democratic lawmakers want Halliburton to turn over internal documents that reportedly identified significant deficiencies in the company's cost controls.

Congressional Inquiry Necessary for War Profiteering
Campaign to Stop the War Profiteerers
February 25th, 2004
The Pentagon and State Department criminal fraud investigations of Halliburton concerning their handling of a fuel contract in Iraq are an important first step - but point to the need for bold action on the part of the President and Congress to ensure accountability of military contractors, according to the Campaign to Stop the War Profiteers.

US: Army cancels Comanche helicopter project
The Associated Press
February 24th, 2004
In a dramatic about-face, the Army canceled its Comanche helicopter program Monday after sinking $6.9 billion and 21 years of effort into producing a new-generation chopper.

Iraq: Pentagon Opens Criminal Inquiry of Halliburton
by Richard A. Oppel Jr.New York Times
February 24th, 2004
Pentagon officials said Monday night that they have opened a criminal fraud investigation of Halliburton, the giant Texas oil-services concern, in an inquiry that will examine "potential overpricing" of fuel taken into Iraq by one of the company's subcontractors.

Contractors are Cashing in on the War on Terror
World Policy Institute
February 24th, 2004
"With the Pentagon budget at $400 billion per year and counting, plus a new Department of Homeland Security with a $40 billion per year budget, plus wars in Afghanistan and Iraq that have cost $180 billion to date, these are lucrative times to be a military contractor."

Iraq: RTI Designing Government for Baghdad
by Naomi KleinNation
February 23rd, 2004
On March 4, 2003, with the invasion just fifteen days away, the United States Agency for International Development asked three US firms to bid for a unique job: After Iraq was invaded and occupied, one company would be charged with setting up 180 local and provincial town councils in the rubble. This was newly imperial territory for firms accustomed to the friendly NGO-speak of "public-private partnerships," and two of the three decided not to apply. The "local governance" contract, worth $167.9 million in the first year and up to $466 million total, went to the Research Triangle Institute (RTI), a private nonprofit best known for its drug research. None of its employees had been to Iraq in years.

World: Making Money on Terrorism
by William HartungNation
February 23rd, 2004
We all know that Halliburton is raking in billions from the Bush Administration's occupation and rebuilding of Iraq. But in the long run, the biggest beneficiaries of the Administration's "war on terror" may be the "destroyers," not the rebuilders. The nation's "Big Three" weapons makers--Lockheed Martin, Boeing and Northrop Grumman--are cashing in on the Bush policies of regime change abroad and surveillance at home.

US: Pentagon's Changing Priorities Challenge Lockheed
by Renae MerleWashington Post
February 23rd, 2004
Lockheed's stranglehold on the military aircraft market is based on two planes, the F/A-22 Raptor and F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, both frequently lambasted by members of Congress for their technological problems and growing budgets. While Lockheed dominates the fighter market, it is not secure with unmanned drones, which many experts consider the future of military aviation. And the Pentagon is thinking about radical new ways of changing warfare that could threaten Lockheed's dominance.

Ivory Coast: British Mercenaries Follow Diamond Money
by James AstillGuardian (London)
February 22nd, 2004
Executive Outcomes drew international attention to the industry, worth an estimated £30bn a year in the late 90s, by fighting for the besieged governments of Angola and Sierra Leone. In Sierra Leone the British mercenary company Sandline International broke a UN arms embargo, allegedly with British government approval.

US: American Companies in Iraq Starting from Ground Up
by Joel Brinkley
February 22nd, 2004
When government contractors took on the task of rebuilding Iraq's hospital system last year, they were distressed to learn that nursing staffs no longer existed. Under Saddam Hussein, the contractors discovered, hospitals were forced to fire all their nurses to save money.

USA: Halliburton Stops Billing U.S. for Meals Served to Troops
by Eric SchmittNew York Times
February 17th, 2004
Seeking to defuse a growing election-year issue, the Halliburton Company said Monday that it had stopped billing the Pentagon for the cost of feeding American troops in Iraq and Kuwait until a dispute over the number of meals served is resolved.

US: Presidential Helicopter War
by John MachacekGannett News Service
February 17th, 2004
Lockheed Martin, one of the world's largest aerospace and defense contractors, had begun running full-page ads in newspapers and at subway stops near the Pentagon as part of an all-out lobbying campaign to oust tiny Sikorsky as the presidential helicopter builder.

Iraq: Ex-Minister Says US Mismanaging Iraqi Oil
by Barbara ShookOil Daily
February 16th, 2004
Former Iraqi oil minister Issam al-Chalabi charged Tuesday that the US-led occupation forces and the Coalition of Provisional Authority (CPA) -- aided by units of Houston-based energy services company Halliburton -- are continuing the mismanagement of Iraqi's oil fields that was begun under former leader Saddam Hussein to the detriment of the Iraqi people.

Iraq: Start-up Company with Connections
by Knut RoyceNew York Newsday
February 15th, 2004
U.S. authorities in Iraq have awarded more than $400 million in contracts to a start-up company that has extensive family and, according to court documents, business ties to Ahmed Chalabi, the Pentagon favorite on the Iraqi Governing Council.

Colombia: Private U.S. Operatives on Risky Missions
by Juan ForeroNew York Times
February 14th, 2004
The three Americans -- Marc Gonsalves, Keith Stansell and Thomas Howes -- worked cloaked in secrecy for two subsidiaries of Northrop Grumman, the huge military contractor, in an arrangement used increasingly by the United States government in conflict zones from Colombia to Afghanistan. The men's families and critics of American policy here say the case sheds light on a shadowy world of secret operations that employ private contractors in deals that make it easy to skirt public scrutiny and for all to wash their hands if something goes wrong.

US: Ex-Halliburton Workers Allege Rampant Waste
by T. Christian MillerLos Angeles Times
February 13th, 2004
Halliburton has systematically wasted U.S. taxpayer dollars in its operations in Iraq and Kuwait, according to two of the company's former employees who have spoken to congressional investigators.

Iraq: Watchdog Presses US To Name Oil Auditors
February 13th, 2004
An international watchdog overseeing how Iraq's oil money is spent during the U.S.-led occupation pressed the U.S. authorities on Friday to finalize the appointment of auditors so its work can begin in earnest.

US: Army, Industry Speed Document Exploitation
by Ann RooseveltDefense Daily
February 10th, 2004
The Army has enlisted The Sytex Group, Inc.'s Sytex unit and American Management Systems [AMSY] to aid soldiers in Iraq translate and manage captured foreign documents with the Document and Media Exploitation (DOMEX) Tactical Support Suite (TSS).

US: What Did the Vice-President Do for Halliburton?
by Jane MayerThe New Yorker
February 10th, 2004
Halliburton blamed the high costs on an obscure Kuwaiti firm, Altanmia Commercial Marketing, which it subcontracted to deliver the fuel. In Kuwait, the oil business is controlled by the state, and Halliburton has claimed that government officials there pressured it into hiring Altanmia, which had no experience in fuel transport. Yet a previously undisclosed letter, dated May 4, 2003, and sent from an American contracting officer to Kuwait's oil minister, plainly describes the decision to use Altanmia as Halliburton's own "recommendation."

Iraq: Country's Largest Bank Up for Sale?
by Khaled Yacoub OweisReuters
February 9th, 2004
Iraq's largest bank, state-owned Al-Rafideen, plans to lay off a third of its staff and overhaul a debt-laden balance sheet to prepare for privatization, possibly next year, the bank's chairman said on Monday.

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